Philadelphia (CW Philly) — Former President Barack Obama got an unexpected birthday gift – his own state holiday.
Last Friday, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner designated Aug. 4 as “Barack Obama Day.”READ MORE: Build-A-Bear Hosting 'Pay Your Age Day' On July 12
TheGrio reports that according to Senate Bill 55, the holiday is to be “observed throughout the State as a day set apart to honor the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities.”READ MORE: Wizard World Comic Con Coming To Philadelphia In May
“It’s incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it’s awesome, and I think we should celebrate it,” Rauner told reporters in February.MORE NEWS: What To Do For Valentine's Day When You're In A New Relationship
The vote for the holiday passed without a dissenting vote.